The subject of this article by C. S. Lewis is what Paul was warning rabbi Timothy about in 1 Timothy 6:1-10 (godliness for gain). READ THESE VERSES! Richard Duke
“Our work is not to save souls but to disciple them.” C. S. Lewis
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [IT DOES NOT SAY SEEK FIRST IN GETTING PEOPLE SAVED–THAT DEALS WITH THE SOUL (GOSPEL) AND NOT THE SPIRIT (GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM]—-Jesus said:
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
FROM THE ARTICLE WRITTEN BY C. S. LEWIS:
“Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:13). In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view— we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others’ lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God, we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and those lives will be God’s testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others.
Unless the worker lives a life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3), he is apt to become an irritating dictator to others, instead of an active, living disciple. Many of us are dictators, dictating our desires to individuals and to groups. But Jesus never dictates to us in that way. Whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced His words with an “if,” never with the forceful or dogmatic statement— “You must.” Discipleship carries with it an option.”
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Just think about this. Many men of the cloth ask if people in the congregation want to say the sinner’s prayer and become saved. Some in the audience say the sinner’s prayer. The men of the cloth then announce publicly that these persons are saved. Exactly how does a human being know when other men are saved? This is using the name of God in vain because the men of the cloth are taking the place of God in determining salvation. Yet many of these men of the cloth believe in the man-made doctrine of once saved, always saved; and so when some of these people lose interest in God these men of the cloth explain in private that these people were never saved. But I thought that the men of the cloth pronounced these people saved–in public. THIS PROVES THAT THESE MEN ARE TRYING TO TAKE THE PLACE OF GOD WITH RESPECT TO WHO RECEIVED SALVATION (WERE OR ARE SAVED).
And churches LOVE to put in writing how many people were saved during the year. How do the people in these churches know that?
Do you see how tragic this is! It is bragging in public and stating in writing about how many people (allegedly) were saved and later saying in private those who lost interest in God were never really saved. THIS SHOWS THE ABSURDITY.
“It is soulish [have to invent this word] not spiritual when men of the cloth pronounce that people are saved. Did God tell you that people were saved? You are bragging about your success in bringing people to God when you compile the number of people you say were saved over a certain period of time. It is only God who brings man to Him. Pride and the Holy Spirit do not and cannot mix. Stop boasting!”
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
And the people are not being equipped because men of the cloth and congregations do not allow Jesus to appoint all 5 ministries. Read Ephesians 4:11 and the following verses and you will see why congregations cannot possibly be equipped. Derek Prince said that pastors and congregations were disasters because the Jesus appointed ministries were not in congregations and the greater gifts from Father God were not in congregations. Thus congregations are not equipped. They do not know the truth: If you know the truth [aletheia] the truth [aletheia] will set you free. John 8:31. Aletheia: knowing what is going on around you.
Rediscovering God’s Church, by Derek Prince
C.S. Lewis used the term “a great cataract of nonsense” to describe how people use a modern idea to construe Bible theology. One such example, perhaps the best example, is a conversion method called the Sinner’s Prayer. It is more popularly known as the Four Spiritual Laws.
Lewis used this term to describe what happens when someone looks backward at the Bible based only on what he or she has known. Instead, an evangelical should first discern conversion practices from Scriptures and then consider the topic in light of two thousand years of other thinkers. As it is, a novel technique popularized through recent revivals has replaced the Biblically sound practice.
Today, hundreds of millions hold to a belief system and salvation practice that no one had ever held until relatively recently. The notion that one can pray Jesus into his or her heart and that baptism is merely an outward sign are actually late developments.
The prayer itself dates to the Billy Sunday era; however, the basis for talking in prayer for salvation goes back a few hundred years.
Consider the following appeal:
“Just accept Christ into your heart through prayer and he’ll receive you. It doesn’t matter what church you belong to or if you ever do good works. You’ll be born again at the moment you receive Christ.
He’s at the door knocking. You don’t even have to change bad habits, just trust Christ as Savior. God loves you and forgives you unconditionally. Anyone out there can be saved if they … Accept Christ, now! Let us pray for Christ to now come into your heart.”
Left to Right [pictures not shown]: Billy Graham, Billy Sunday and Bill Bright. They put forward a Plan of Salvation foreign to the Word of God. Judge for yourself whether it is better to obey God rather than man.
Sound familiar? This method of conversion has had far-reaching effects worldwide as many have claimed this as the basis for their salvation. Yet, what is the historical significance of this conversion? How did the process of rebirth, which Jesus spoke of in John 3, evolve into praying him into one’s heart?
I believe it was an error germinating shortly after the Reformation, which eventually caused great ruin and dismay in Christendom. By supplying a brief documentation of its short, historical development, I hope to show how this error has served as “a great cataract of nonsense”
Teachers interpret. Teachers are appointed by Father God. 1 Cor.12:28- (note that evangelists and pastors are not appointed by Father God because they are not in the list of greater gifts). Teachers interpret the meaning of the Scriptures. Jesus did appoint apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers TO EQUIP THE PEOPLE. Ephesians 4:11-). But churches have not appointed teachers to interpret for men of the cloth.